If you have recently used an e-cigarette or vaping product and are having respiratory symptoms, see a healthcare provider.
Statewide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes
to Address Public Health Emergency
On Oct. 8, 2019, Governor Steve Bullock directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
EFFECTIVE October 22, the ban includes the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, including flavored nicotine, THC, and CBD vaping products, in-store and online.
See full Press Release.
Multistate Outbreak Investigation
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.
Missoula County Case Counts
|Confirmed cases of vaping related lung injury||0|
Montana Case Counts
|Confirmed cases of vaping related lung injury||3|
National Case Counts
|Confirmed cases of vaping related injury||1,479|
|Patients under 35 years old||79%|
|Patients under 18 years old||15%|
|Patients 18-20 years old||21%|
What are the Risks For Youth?
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.
- Nicotine exposure during adolescence can:
- Harm brain development, which continues until about age 25.
- Impact learning, memory, and attention.
- Increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.
- Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes.
- Many e-cigarettes come in kid-friendly flavors – including mango, fruit, and crème – which make e-cigarettes
more appealing to young people.
- E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful substances, including:
- Cancer-causing chemicals
- Volatile organic compounds
- Ultrafine particles
- Flavorings that have been linked to lung disease
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
Need Help Quitting?
Quitting nicotine is hard. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line offers FREE help quitting ALL commercial tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The benefits include free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), reduced-cost prescription medication, free quit coaching, and a free personalized quit plan.
The American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line has several benefits. This program is culturally sensitive and distinguishes between commercial and traditional tobacco. Free NRT is also provided.
The Quit Now Montana Pregnancy program provides a free personal female quit coach, cash incentives and free NRT if approved by a doctor.
The My Life, My Quit Youth program is for ages 12-17 who want to quit all forms of tobacco, including vaping. The program provides free coaching through text, chat or phone; confidential enrollment and coaching; coaches specially trained to work with teens and youth; and on-line enrollment and coaching. Text ‘Start My Quit’ to 1-855-891-9989 or call.
FREE curriculum options for grades 6-12 that address vaping and substance abuse:
Each prevention curriculum offers a unique approach to discussing e-cigarettes in the classroom, along with teacher resources, parent materials, guidance documents, worksheets and handouts.
What You Need to Know!